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Audi unveils its all-electric e-tron GT performance saloon

Audi unveils its all-electric ...
The Audi RS etron GT makes its world premiere at the Celebration of Progress digital event
The Audi RS etron GT makes its world premiere at the Celebration of Progress digital event
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The Audi RS etron GT makes its world premiere at the Celebration of Progress digital event
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The Audi RS etron GT makes its world premiere at the Celebration of Progress digital event
A look inside Audi's e-tron GT
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A look inside Audi's e-tron GT
The e-tron GT is the latest step towards an electric vehicle future for Audi
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The e-tron GT is the latest step towards an electric vehicle future for Audi
More than two years after teasing the electrified grand touring concept at the LA Auto Show, Audi has finally pulled back the curtain on its first electric sportscar, the e-tron GT
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More than two years after teasing the electrified grand touring concept at the LA Auto Show, Audi has finally pulled back the curtain on its first electric sportscar, the e-tron GT
The e-tron GT is built off the same J1 performance platform as the Porsche Taycan
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The e-tron GT is built off the same J1 performance platform as the Porsche Taycan
The Audi e-tron is set to enter production this US springtime and be on the market by the summer
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The Audi e-tron is set to enter production this US springtime and be on the market by the summer
Audi has already introduced the all-electric e-tron SUV and e-tron Sportback, making the e-tron GT and e-tron RS the third and fourth electric vehicles in its stable
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Audi has already introduced the all-electric e-tron SUV and e-tron Sportback, making the e-tron GT and e-tron RS the third and fourth electric vehicles in its stable
More than two years after teasing the electrified grand touring concept at the LA Auto Show, Audi has finally pulled back the curtain on its first electric sportscar, the e-tron GT
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More than two years after teasing the electrified grand touring concept at the LA Auto Show, Audi has finally pulled back the curtain on its first electric sportscar, the e-tron GT
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More than two years after teasing its electrified grand touring concept at the LA Auto Show, Audi has finally pulled back the curtain on its first electric performance saloon, the e-tron GT. Available as both a GT base model and high-performance RS variant, the all-wheel-drive flagships mark another step into the realm of electrification for Audi, which plans to offer 20 new models in the space by 2025.

Unveiled in Audi's digital Day of Progress event, the e-tron GT is built off the same J1 performance platform as the Porsche Taycan, with the two VW-owned automakers collaborating closely on the development of Audi’s new EV. This allows for fast-charging via an 800-volt electrical architecture, bringing the 85-kWh battery from five to 80 percent capacity in 22.5 minutes under optimal conditions at a peak charging capacity of 270 kW.

Fully charged, the e-tron GT offers a 487-km (302-mile) range on the WLTP cycle, Audi claims. Generating 350 kW (469 hp) and 630 Nm (465 lb-ft) of torque, the dual-motor sedan completes the 0-100 km/h (62-mph) sprint in 4.1 seconds in boost mode, which ups that power to 390 kW (522 hp). With a more powerful dual-motor setup, RS outputs 440 kW (590 hp) and 830 Nm (612 lb-ft) of torque, which increases to 475 kW (637 hp) in boost mode for a 0-100 km/h time of 3.3 seconds.

From the outside looking in, Audi says the design language featured in the e-tron is the starting point for its upcoming electric models, pointing to its long wheelbase, wide track and sizeable wheels as the right building blocks for sportiness and comfort.

The e-tron GT is the latest step towards an electric vehicle future for Audi
The e-tron GT is the latest step towards an electric vehicle future for Audi

The cabin features Audi’s 12.3-inch virtual cockpit behind the steering wheel, along with a central 10.1-inch MMI touch display. The sports seats can be dressed in either vegan or Nappa leather.

“For me, progress means creating something new," says Marc Lichte, Head of Design, AUDI AG. "Something that no one has ever done before in this form. Designing a fully electric vehicle is like this: the entire design process has to be thought through anew.”

A look inside Audi's e-tron GT
A look inside Audi's e-tron GT

Audi has already introduced the all-electric e-tron SUV and e-tron Sportback, making the e-tron GT and e-tron RS the third and fourth electric vehicles in its stable. It plans to increase that number to 20 by 2025.

“With the Audi e-tron GT we are putting the DNA of Audi on the road," says Henrik Wenders, Senior Vice President, Audi Brand. "The gran turismo superbly reflects our innovative strength and our pioneering spirit. For us it is already part of a line of icons of the brand, alongside the Audi TT and the Audi R8."

According to TechCrunch, the e-tron will enter production this US springtime and be on the market by the summer. Pricing for the base model starts at US$99,900, and at $139,900 for the RS.

Source: Audi

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6 comments
guzmanchinky
So with much more experience and money and engineering geniuses, the big auto makers still can't match the performance (both range and speed and auto driving capabilities) of Tesla and even some new Chinese startups? Why?
DavidB
Oh, good. Another four-door EV that’s too expensive for anyone who can’t afford one of the already available four-door EVs.

SMH
Slawdog
A lot of Porsche design going on - Stuttgart vs. Munich - never understood how Audi filled the niche.
Signguy
Slawdog. At this point I think its all about ego.
WB
wow..why would anyoe spend 140k on this thing.. when for the same money I can get Tesla Model S plaid+ that TWICE AS FAST 1.9s 0 to 60 (not 4.2 - my 7 year old model S for 25k value can do that), has 510miles range not 302.. has autopilot, autoupdates.. so at Tesla I get a car that's twice as good, or I can pay half to get a car that does roughly the same! The German EV industry and the dinosaur manufacturers are so F%ck#$
ReservoirPup
Lots of hypothetically interesting info, but as an EV owner I always skip to the battery capacity and price. The proportion of the two is what really matters plus quality of a vehicle.